Restoration and park planned for Southern Indiana, across from Louisville KY

BY JOSH COHEN | JANUARY 22, 2018 in Next City A concept rendering of the future Ohio River Greenway. (Courtesy River Heritage Conservancy) Right now, the Ohio River Greenway consists of a few disjointed sections of multi-use trail along the bank of the Ohio River in southern Indiana, across the water from Louisville, Kentucky. When it’s completed this summer, the 7-mile greenway will connect …

Ongoing innovation: electrolysis, hydrogen and oxygen creation from seawater and sun

At Smithsonian.com  Could Giant “Solar Rigs” Floating On the Ocean Convert Seawater To Hydrogen Fuel?  Scientists at Columbia University have designed a device that could make the process economically viable (Courtesy Flickr user Austin Valley) By Randy Rieland SMITHSONIAN.COM  JANUARY 11, 2018  Usually, when we think about energy production at sea, we imagine giant oil rigs, or perhaps rows of towering wind turbines.  Recently, though, …

Water stress, soil, and oceans at risk

About 40 percent of the world’s food depends on irrigation, which draws largely from stores of underground water, called aquifers, which make up 30 percent of the world’s freshwater. Unfortunately, groundwater is being rapidly depleted worldwide. In the United States, the Ogallala Aquifer—one of the world’s largest underground bodies of water—spans eight states in the High Plains and supplies almost …

A map depicting the total millions of pounds of toxic chemicals released into the environment by state in 2016

A map depicting the total millions of pounds of toxic chemicals released into the environment by state in 2016. Darker colors indicate a higher volume of toxins.   (Source: Ode to Clean) Editor’s Note: Solugen, founded in 2016, is a biotech company concerned with developing environmentally conscious alternatives to chemical manufacturing. Their first patent is called Bioperoxide—a hydrogen peroxide alternative created …

Learning for all: millions attending school do not achieve proficiency in reading, writing and doing math. Education standards and methods need to improve

By Catherine Benson Wahlén, Human Development, Human Settlements and Sustainable Development (US), 28 Sep 2017, World Bank Report Warns of “Learning Crisis” The World Bank’s World Development Report 2018 finds that millions of children, particularly in low and middle-income countries, attend school but do not achieve proficiency in reading, writing and doing math. At the same time, the report stresses that, …

Western climate news, thanks to the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the 7.9 million acres burned so far this year nationwide exceed the 2006-16 average by more than 50 percent. California, Oregon, and, especially Montana have the most wildfires, with Montana alone having 23 separate large wildfires. Abnormally dry and hot conditions in that state, documented by the September 5th Western regional Drought Monitor produced by the U.S. …

A green roof could save $200,000 over its lifetime, mainly through temperature control of the building on which the roof is located

Researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, have built a “living laboratory” to study hydrology. The building hosts a rain garden, multiple bioretention planters and multiple green roof setups to test water quality performance in green infrastructure systems. There are 20 green roof setups, duplicated to look at runoff from a rooftop with a different mix of lightweight growing media …

Colorado and the West news August 2017

Thanks to the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization! Water and Birds in the Arid West: Habitats in Decline is intended by the Audubon Society to be the first comprehensive assessment of the complex and vital relationships that exist among birds, water management, and climate change in the Southwest, focused on two of the most imperiled and irreplaceable western ecosystems: the Colorado …

Increasing droughts, lower crop yields (just 40% already in Utah and forecast to go to 10%), and increased stress and conflict

A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation. The most adversely affected region, according to the researchers, will be the Southwest. Already a water-stressed part of the country, this region is projected to experience …

Thermoelectric energy at high risk of blackouts with droughts: Water shortages cost India enough energy to power Sri Lanka

By  Tianyi Luo – WRI  July 26, 2017   A power plant in India. Flickr/Vikramdeep Singh India is making great strides to aggressively expand its renewable energy capacity. But the country’s power sector remains highly reliant on thermoelectric plants, with high demand for water for cooling. That means that droughts, like the one caused last year by weak monsoons, can shut off the power, hampering …